You may be lucky and get a kidney quickly. However most people will wait for several years. Sometimes this is because of your blood group or antibodies. Some people on the waiting list may never be offered a kidney from a deceased donor.
Deciding who gets a kidney
When a family offers a kidney for transplant the New Zealand Blood Service uses the information from your monthly blood tests as well as how long people have been waiting to decide who gets offered the kidney.
Kidneys are offered to people based on two things. First who has been waiting the longest time on the list and secondly the best match. There is no way of guessing the blood group of the next donor and what antibodies a person needing a transplant might have against the kidney.
Deciding who gets a kidney is based on two things:
- Waiting time on the list.
- Most compatible recipient.
Example where the deceased donor has Blood Group A